UNESCO recognition for the Viennese Heurige
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The Austrian Commission for UNESCO has designated the Heurige, the typical Viennese tavern at a winery, as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
With this move, it recognises the significance of the Heurige as a source of cultural diversity, expression of human creativity and a tool to promote sustainable development, the exchange of ideas and understanding between people. All members of the “Der Wiener Heurige” association will now be allowed to feature the special UNESCO logo.
Vienna is the world’s only capital to boast wineries within city limits. Over the last few years, the number of these wine taverns has remained stable at around 100. Most are family-run businesses which are passed down from generation to generation. The Heurige is a distinctly Austrian institution, where local makers serve only their own wines and a limited selection of foods. Each Heurige has its own special character, but they are all known for their cosiness in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. In addition, their prices are affordable for everyone.
It was only in August that UNESCO also added “Austria’s cake and pastry culture“ to its Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
Sources: Falstaff; Austrian Commission for UNESCO; Die Presse
Photo: ©WienTourismus/Peter Rigaud